The anti-war movement's other great mantra is that they 'support the troops but not the mission' and they become very upset if one should actually questions their patriotism based on their admitted desire to ssee their own countrymeen and countrywomen defeated. However, it iss rare that they actually admit their real animus is their hatred for the U.S. President and American military personnel.
Today, a horrifying story from the Netherlands lays clear the underlying thought processes of most of the anti-war movement. According to Breitbart, an American living in the Netherlands took an axe to an innocent Dane when he could not find any U.S. troops to attack. As reported, this disturbed person, one Carlos Hartmann of Michigan,
The suspect, Carlos Hartmann, 41, of Tecumseh, Mich., has confessed to the Sept. 8 killing on a train platform in the southern city of Roosendaal, defence lawyer Peter Gremmen said.
Gremmen said Hartmann wanted to punish the Netherlands for its support of the war in Iraq.
Hartmann appeared before a judge Tuesday and was ordered held for another two weeks for investigation.
"He hates soldiers, and says that the army kills people, so it would be legitimate if he were also to kill someone . . . from the American military - or from its NATO allies," Gremmen said in a telephone interview.
While I abhor the act of unprovoked violence on an innocent, I would applaud Mr. Hartmann for his clear enunciation of the motives that I believe inspire most of the anti-war movement. It is not war they actually hate- if it were, they would have spoken out against Syria's twenty-plus year occupation of Lebananon, China's equally long occupation of Tibet, the Khmer Rouge's campaign against the Hmong, as well as the religious war Islam is conducting agasinst Sudanese Christians in Darfur and around the world. No, it is not actually war that they hate- it is the United States willingness to use military force to defend itself and promote its interests that they despise. They hate soldiers because soldiers, unlike the ''peace' movement, are patriotic, love their country and have the courage to actually do something about it. 'Peaceniks' have none of these virtues.
An isolated group of bad apples at the prison camp in Abu Ghraib weere made the face of the U.S military by the Press. How much does anyone bet that the Press will make this unhinged maniac the face of the peace movement, though he surely represents that movement's underlying beliefs more accurately than the Abu Ghraib group represented their fellow soldiers.